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Saturday 26th January 2019


Sarana VerLin and Heather Bristow from America and James Slater from the UK could well be the inventor of a new musical genre: Folk Stroke Americana. Bringing you roots music influences from both sides of the ocean their style is a fusion of Contemporary Folk, Alt-Country, Swampy Blues, Old-Timey/Bluegrass and Red Dirt music. Their musical chemistry is based around their entwining voices and sublime harmonies, bedded on a layer of rhythmic guitar and sweet smoky violin. Together as singer-songwriters they perform their own compositions along with original arrangements of old and new songs…performing songs of love and loss…some grit, some sweetness, some darkness, some light…all with a bit of humour along the way.

Individually, they’ve toured UK, Europe, USA and Canada. Together, Sarana VerLin and Heather Bristow (USA) & James Slater (UK) bring you roots music from both sides of the pond. Their musical chemistry is based around their entwining voices bedded on a layer of rhythmic guitar, smoky violin, tasteful mandolin and beautiful harmonies. They are joined by Ben Dickins on electric and acoustic guitar and Will Southcote-Want

Sarana VerLin
With classical training, rock & roll history and American folk roots, Michigan native Sarana has honed her skills with thousands of gigs in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. She’s worked with Grammy award winning producers and is the winner of multiple Detroit Music Awards including Folk/Acoustic Instrumentalist and Folk/Acoustic Recording of the year. You can find her in the Detroit MetroX Music Hall of Fame along with Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop.

James Slater
One could describe James much like his favourite guitar…aged whisky and tobacco stained with knocks and scratches that tell you they’ve seen a lot of life on the road. Recently featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine, James has performed in clubs and venues across the UK, Europe and USA. His songwriting blends folk, blues, & Americana while conveying his own unique take on life using his trademark fingerpicking style and utilizing alternate tunings.

Heather Bristow
North Carolina native Heather has performed at festivals and venues in USA and UK in a variety of line-ups and is known for her harmony singing and heartfelt songs. She has released two well-received self-penned CDs and was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. Tracks from both her CDs have been featured on radio programmes around the world; Hope on the Vine spent a spell in the Roots Report top five for the Folk Radio Chart alongside Red Molly and Carolina Chocolate Drops.
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Friday 1st February 2019


Friday night Fred Talks returns with another three fascinating short talks by invited speakers.
Spend a relaxing evening at the end of the week listening to fascinating speakers on subjects that could include anything except politics, religion and sales pitches!
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Saturday 2nd February 2019

HOLDER & SMITH “A tribute to Django and Stephane, the swing era” : 8pm

An evening with the music of the Guitar and Violin virtuosos Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli played by two of this country’s finest exponents of this style. Expect to be flown back in time to the dance halls of the 1940s with this homage to the Quintet of the hot club of France. This really was the “Swing” era, full of irresistible rhythms and all the musical indulgence there was to offer.

Ben (Violin, Vocals) and Stuart (Gypsy Guitar) have toured together extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the USA over the last 8 years. previously they made up half of the highly acclaimed band ‘Gypsy Fire” and now are focusing their creative juices on this project. This most recent project has just had world wide exposure after performing for Elton John and the Beckhams at Romeo Beckhams 16th Birthday celebrations in Nice.
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Friday 8th February 2019


From 8pm once a month (every second Friday)

Free entry, donations welcome, bar open, PA provided

Bringing the benefit of jazz as an art form to the local community and to multiple levels of ability. All instruments/vocalists will be made welcome. If you can play the blues and want to have a crack at jazz – this is for you! If you want to come and just listen that is fine too. Jazz Jam Sessions are led by John Cook, Shairon Lloyd, Peter Neale and JJ Shaw.

For more Jazz Jam information: see our Facebook page
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Saturday 9th February 2019

The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra : 8pm

A one man orchestra of epic proportions. An engaging and inspiring solo show from boundary breaking guitarist and composer Chris Woods. Taking you on a journey from minimalist solo guitar to looped cinematic sounds and explosive six string percussive explorations.

When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren’t talking about your average musician.
A UK based instrumental phenomenon – guitarist Chris Woods, recording as ‘Chris Woods Groove’ and ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’.

Chris began his career as a solo guitarist, originally catching the eye of the music industry for his creative approach to playing; using revolutionary techniques and a hugely individual approach to composition. Endorsed by the most acclaimed brands he honed his skills performing at prestigious guitar festivals across the globe. Approached by Hal Leonard to write a comprehensive guide on the percussive style, which quickly became the standard ‘how to play’ percussive guitar publication, Chris’ reputation became international and highly regarded.

Since then his focus on creative playing has led him to branching out his compositional style to orchestra’s of all shapes and sizes. Recent projects for his ‘groove orchestra’ include Guitar Revolution ( a national tour creating pop-up guitar orchestras) or Orchestral Evolution (a recent commission to create a contemporary and evolved orchestra for young people).
A spontaneous creator and an emotive player...

Headliner magazine described a recent performance at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios: ‘tremendous – to say Chris Woods feels this music is a wild understatement, and it’s a genuine privilege to witness them perform’

Tonight Chris will be performing a collection of solo pieces ranging from spacey improvisational solos to explosive percussion driven grooves .
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